Mrs. Kari Lapins

Violin, Viola Teacher

Kari Lapins

SAA Member


Knoxville, TN
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Kari Barton Lapins started violin at 8 in the Suzuki Method in Flagstaff, Arizona. She holds a BA in Performing Arts Management (Columbia College Chicago) and a MM in Violin Performance/Suzuki Pedagogy (Northern Arizona University). She studied violin with Ruth Giauque, Louise Scott, Karin Hallberg, Sue Baer, and Phyllis Sanders. She studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Louise Scott, Karin Hallberg, Sue Baer, and Julia Hardie. She is a Music Mind Games Teacher Trainer for Unit 1.
She has recently relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband who is the Professor of Tuba at UT. She looks forward to starting a studio in Knoxville.
Previously, Kari taught violin/viola, group, fiddle, and Music Mind Games for NAU Academy, Suzuki in the schools at Marshall Elementary, performed with Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Slugs from Space Quartet, and hosted a weekly Irish session. She received the Viola Award for Music in 2012 (Flagstaff’s version of an arts Academy Award).